How to Make GIF Animation on Linux

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How to Make GIF Animation on Linux
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The GIF is a file format that supports the playing of a sequence of images, allowing you to render a simple animation or movie. There are several programs for Linux that can assist you in creating animated GIF images. While solutions like GIMP provide graphical options for creating animated GIFs, there are command line solutions, like Gifsicle and ImageMagick, as well. Animated GIFs are a great way to add a little bit of character to a forum signature or web site where you cannot use a more modern animation format like Flash.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open a file manager and navigate to the directory containing your image files. Rename all of the files so that they are alphanumerically in the sequence you want them to be displayed in.

  2. 2

    Download and install GIMP using your Linux distribution's package management utility. Launch GIMP from your applications menu.

  3. 3

    Open the first file in your sequence. Open the rest of the files as layers using the "Open As Layers" option under the "File" menu.

  4. 4

    Save the file as a GIF image, but choose to save it as an animation instead of flattening the image. Click "Export" to put the finishing touches on the animation.

  5. 5

    Check the "Loop Forever" option and "One Frame Per Layer" under the Frame Disposal options. Check both "Use delay entered above for all frames" and "Use disposal entered above for all frames", then enter the number of milliseconds you want between each sequential frame.

  1. 1

    Open a file manager and navigate to the directory containing your image files. Rename all of the files so that they are alphanumerically in the sequence you want them to be displayed in.

  2. 2

    Download and install GIfsicle using your Linux distribution's package management application. Launch a terminal window once the installation is complete.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the directory containing your images using the cd command.

  4. 4

    Type "gifsicle --loopcount pic1.gif pic2.gif pic3.gif > animated.gif", where pic1.gif through pic3.gif is the list of your images and animated.gif the name of your final, animated GIF. Append the "-d" option, followed by an integer, to specify the delay between frames in milliseconds, if you need to be precise.

  5. 5

    Press "Enter" to execute the command and create your animated GIF.

  1. 1

    Open a file manager and navigate to the directory containing your image files. Rename all of the files so that they are alphanumerically in the sequence you want them to be displayed in. Make sure that each ends in a numeric sequence like image00.gif, image01.gif, and image02.gif.

  2. 2

    Download and install ImageMagick using your Linux distribution's package management application. Launch a terminal window once the installation is complete.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the directory containing your images using the cd command.

  4. 4

    Type "convert -delay X -loop 0 images.gif animation.gif", where X is the delay in miliseconds and images.gif is the name your images have in common, followed by the wild card character *. This will allow the program to follow through the sequences of images.

  5. 5

    Press "Enter" to execute the command and create your animated GIF.

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